WHEN IT WAS, NOT WHAT IT IS NOW
by Chuck Robey.
(Trussville, AL, 35173)
Do you remember when it was, not what it is now? If so, you can probably relate to this timely poem of our American culture. Amen!
"Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!" (Isaiah 5:20)
I trust this reading will mean much to you. It is such a Blessing to be able to read and walk with God daily. (Micah 6:8) (Deut 5:33) (Isaiah 2:5) (Colossians 2:6)
What has happened to the slogan "In God We Trust"
And all the other great mottos He has given us,
And to our great motto "One Nation Under God"?
I pray to this cause we will always stand in awe.
So what has happened to our great country now?
How has it suddenly changed for us somehow?
Was it when God's principles were thrown aside?
Was it when God was no longer allowed to abide?
Was it when our great country turned to wrong?
Was it when God's people did no longer belong?
Was it when our country's evil was now the good?
Was it when the good was taken from sainthood?
Was it when the Bible's word was no longer allowed?
Was it when we could no longer pray in a crowd?
Was it when the church stopped its holy preaching?
Was it when the church stopped all its godly teaching?
Was it when came the many Me, Myself and I's?
Was it when all wanted a free share of America's pies?
Was it when sitting for the pledge was not wrong?
Was it when kneeling for the flag was now the song?
Was it when the family circle was torn apart?
Was it when the family name had lost all its heart?
Was it when we no longer could speak our mind?
Was it when speaking out in public became a crime?
Was it when we could no longer protect our home?
Was it when we could not catch the evils that roam?
Was it when the country started the social airwave?
Was it when this social media hearsay failed to save?
Was it when the future was taken over from within?
Was it when the future was taken over by inbred sin?
Was it when we no longer bleed Red, White and Blue?
Was it when to our country we no longer remained true?
Was it when we no longer placed hand over heart?
Was it when to America's liberty we all did part?
Was it when we all failed to sing with one accord?
Was it when we failed to sing to our blessed Lord?
Evangelist Billy Sunday once said, "Christianity and Patriotism are synonymous terms, and hell and traitors are synonymous." What a prophecy! Sad to ask, is this is America in the Twenty-First Century? Not so, you say?
Well, open your Bible and insert the daily newspaper. Tune in the national news media. Surf the internet. Tune in the various religious leaders. Talk to your next door neighbor. Search your own conscience.
Yes, I'm proud to be a freedom-loving God-fearing patriot. I'm proud of being a freedom-loving Christian first and a freedom-loving patriot second. And I'm proud to enjoy the Bible first:
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (II Timothy 3:16-17)
“knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone's own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God.” (II Peter 1:20-21)
And our founding fathers' dictates second:
“The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen United States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.”
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” (The Declaration of Independence, excerpt)
Scripture is quick to pronounce that we are aliens and strangers in this land (I Peter 2:11. We should always remember that our citizenship is in Heaven. (Phil 3:20).
Nonetheless, we should pray for our civil rulers, and seek the prosperity of the city, state, and nation in which we dwell second. (Romans 13:1-7)
So, what should we do as fellow Christians for the betterment of our great America? We should always put God first in our faith and practice. (Phil 1:21) We should always be ready to give an account of our faith to others that we meet. (I Peter 3:15)And we should continually go and tell others about the Gospel. (Matthew 28:19-20) (Acts 1:8) So will you come and sing with me?
God bless America, land that I love.
Stand beside her and guide her
Through the night with a light from above.
From the mountains to the prairies
To the oceans white with foam,
God bless America, my home sweet home